Veterans' Voting Rights

Nov 13, 2017

There are thousands of veterans among the more than 1.6 million Floridians who have lost the right to vote because of past felony convictions. The ACLU of Florida is leading a push to place a proposed Constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot that would restore the voting rights of all who complete their sentences, except for those convicted of murder or a felony sex offense. We’re joined by retired Colonel Mike Pheneger, who is helping to get the word out about the ACLU’s petition drive.

Colonel Pheneger is former Director of Intelligence at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Almost all states restore the voting rights of people who successfully complete their sentences. Florida is one of only four states that, by their constitutions, mandate lifetime disenfranchisement and require all persons convicted of felonies to petition state officials for clemency to have their voting rights restored.